Ministry ‘overprepares’ for Covid-19 third wave with extra beds, enhanced MCO

Annabelle Lee

Modified 28 Mar 2020, 1:58 pm

CORONAVIRUS | In light of a possible tsunami of new Covid-19 cases, the Health Ministry has taken proactive measures to increase the number of hospital beds and ramp up its containment efforts.

At a press conference this evening, ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah explained that they were preparing for the eventuality where cases surged to 1,000 per day.

“Let us prepare for the worse and hope for the best. It is better for us to overprepare than to underprepare. If we underprepare, it means we are unprepared,” he said.

He shared that the present capacity at hospitals was 5,292 beds.

The ministry is in the midst of creating 600 more beds (above) at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (Maeps).

“If we need (more), the beds are ready,” he said, adding that the facility will be ready by tomorrow...

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